It’s not as insane as it sounds. As the folks at Third Man explain:
“A Glorious Dawn” is a moving arrangement of Carl Sagan’s sagacious words culled from his magnificent Cosmos series. The piece initially gained recognition when composer John Boswell uploaded to YouTube his remixed Sagan dialogue edited, Auto-Tuned and put to a beat and coupled with a guest appearance by Stephen Hawking.
Sometimes Auto-Tune can be used for good. The Hawking guest verses are via his Universe series. Take a look to jog your synapses.
Here are the details regarding the 7″ (Third Man via TwentyFourBit):
The release is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Sagan’s birth. Also happening that day is a reception in United States’ Congress with speeches by senators, NASA officials and assorted scientists, all hosted by the Planetary Society, which was co-founded by Sagan.
Third Man Records, in conjunction with United Record Pressing, fabricated a special “Cosmos Colored Vinyl” of which 150 copies will be available … 50 randomly inserted into mail orders for “A Glorious Dawn” and the remainder to be made available at the Third Man Records Nashville store front at noon on November 9th.
The one-sided single features a very special etching on the flipside. Reproduced from the original artwork, the etching copies the etching included with the Voyager Golden Record, set off into space in 1977 as the most elaborate message-in-a-bottle idea ever imagined. With its inclusion of Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was The Night” it goes without saying that the Voyager Golden Record is one of Third Man’s favorite releases of all-time.
The thumb above is a photo of the original etching. The original Voyager Gold Record, which was curated by a committee chaired by Sagan, also included greetings in 55 languages, various “sounds of Earth” (like wind, crickets, frogs, a dog, a heartbeat, laughter), etchings of Earth images, an hour long recording of Ann Druyan’s brainwaves, and music by Mozart, Bach, Chuck Berry, Beethoven, Stravinsky, the aforementioned Blind Willie Johnson, and Animal Collective.
The “A Glorious Dawn” 7″ is out 11/9 via Third Man.